Monday, April 18, 2016

Fragility

Here I am, all facts and flaws.
No gathered lace, no place to hide.

No dulling drape of darkness.

No rhymes to maintain distance.

Here I am, all ache and fear -
fear of my own fragility,

fear that you'll want less of me

as there's less of me
to want.

For Brendan's prompt at Real Toads

17 comments:

blueoran said...

What's the saying, it's easier to be more than who you are than who you are. The turn here lifts a lot of mascara.

She said...

I think that is scary ... when your true self is wanted. Terrifying, actually.

Kerry O'Connor said...

A stark reminder of what may be when one lets one's guard down.

Ellecee said...

or what happens when we've pretended so long we're afraid to stop? Where am I? Enjoyed this very much.

Fireblossom said...

The comments are as interesting as the (extremely good and startlingly raw) poem.

brudberg said...

If the want is belittling ... there is always less. Alas.

Gillena Cox said...

that's presenting self as naked as it gets; those fears are so real

have a good week

much love...

Outlawyer said...

This hasn't the frills of some of your work but the fragility is terribly compelling and appealing as well. All seems brave. K.

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De said...

OH, I love this take.
"No rhymes to maintain distance." Whew. That got me.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love this unexpected take from warrior woman Mama Zen. I actually think this question shows you even stronger than usual. It may possibly be the scariest question to ask.

Susie Clevenger said...

When we get bare naked vulnerable with someone about who we really are that is scary. You have incredible guts and balls to ask. :)

grapeling said...

can't imagine wanting less with a soul as big as yours, MZ ~

Gemma Wiseman said...

Seeing just naked facts and flaws can be quite confronting. There is a sense of helpless vulnerability in this status. And yet... could this too be just a denial of, a lack of confidence in all that is good? An intriguing poem.

hedgewitch said...

Tough and torn, wise and forlorn. There seems to be less to go around all the time for me.

Magaly Guerrero said...

"No rhymes to maintain distance." I never thought of that before, but yes... I agree. The rest is true, too--the more we give, the more we live and learn and put into living... the less of us that seems to be available for others to have.

Hannah said...

This does carry a new tone for you...really powerful poem, MZ.